The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between sexual risk behaviors and factors such as gender, grade level, alcohol use, and HIV knowledge and testing among Hispanic high school students. A quantitative study in which secondary data were utilized from the 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The information collected was obtained for youth in Grades 9–12 who identified themselves as Hispanic-Latino. The sample size was approximately 3,555 Hispanic adolescents.
The findings revealed a gender difference in that males tended to engage in more sexual risk behaviors than females. Alcohol use was an indicator for increased sexual risk behaviors. HIV knowledge did not reduce sexual risk behaviors or promote an increase in HIV testing. The findings may help in developing programs to address sexual risk behaviors and to promote a reduction in those behaviors.
|Commitee:||Lam, Brian Trung, Tan, Philip|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Social work, Developmental psychology, Hispanic American studies|
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